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The Dallas Weekly Herald
July 28, 1881
Denison, July 25- Advices from Caddo, Indian Territory say that the south-bound passenger train on the Missouri Pacific which had just left that station collided with a north-bound freight train today. It seems that the conductor of the freight train misunderstood orders and thought he could make the station before the passenger got there. Full details have not been received, but it is learned that the firemen of both trains were killed and both engineers badly wounded. A number of passengers are said to be wounded.
Later- It is now learned that the engines of both trains were demolished. The names of the firemen killed are Frank Reynolds and McNamara. A brakeman named Hall was slightly injured.
The Caddo Herald
May 7, 1942
News of Caddo Boys on Land and Sea
As written to Mrs. Downing:
Sam Burks is in Australia. He likes the country and folks, but says things are different; a drug store sells drugs only.
Cotton Moffatt has been sent back to Portland, Oregon to work as aircraft mechanic.
Milton Campbell is going to aviation school in the Navy.
R. A. Whisenhunt is now a corporal in charge of instructing new recruits in firearms.
Bob Sutton, in the cavalry at Fort Bliss, has gone elsewhere. Destination secret.
*Twin Freeny Bubbas are in Fort Bevens with the 45th in Massachusetts. They say the New England girls are not as pretty as Oklahoma girls, but the soldiers are living now in barracks for the first time and eating out of real dishes.
Dave Szenasi is at McDill Field, Florida. He says he gets to see the sea and swim in it. The ocean is somewhat larger than Lake Murray, he says.
Mr. and Mr. Willis Welter, of Caddo, have a letter from their son enclosing a clipping from a newspaper of Everett, Washington in which Pvt. fc Willis Welter is mentioned as welcomed into a Snohomish County Writer’s Association. He was a guest of Mrs. Edna Johnson, poet of Los Angeles, who heard of Welter’s work and was impressed by his poetic talent.
Cpl. Howard E. Thomas, Co. I, 180th Inf., writes from Fort Bevens, Mass. After arriving with the 45th Division.
Mrs. C. M. Reeves has received word that her grandson, Lt. Vernon Reeves, is now in Honolulu, stationed with the U. S. Air Corps.
Word comes from Horace Sargent, a former resident of Caddo, that he is now stationed in school at the University of Houston at Houston, Texas where he has been enrolled in a radio technicians’ course.
* The Caddo Herald
June 18, 1942
Freeny Twins Stage Show for New York Flag Day Celebration
Caddo boys may be depended upon to steal any show, and the Freeny Bubbas are no exception. They are twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Buck Freeny, with the 45th division at Ft. Bivens. Bennett and Benjamin by name, 6-foot, 191 pounders, they had been doing extra special training with other 6-footers for a month, but didn’t know what it was about until last Sunday; this bunch of even-weighted huskies were taken to New York to appear in the Flag Day celebration where millions of onlookers got an eyeful of Oklahoma brawn trained to perfection. And did the boys enjoy the limelight. Show us a boy that does not like to be out in front strutting his stuff!
Like we said, Caddo boys can be depended upon to steal the show even from Joe. E. Brown or Gene Autry.
The Caddo Herald
January 23, 1925
Enrollment for the final semester was completed Monday morning and Tuesday all classes were again in session. Examination papers were handed back by the various teachers; joy and radiance overspread the countenances of those whose final averages indicated a successful semester. They were experiencing that feeling of satisfaction which comes to the student who leaves his task well-done. A touch of gloom and disappointment descended here and there over the student body as some youth was informed by an instructor that his work was not up to par and that no credit could be issued to him.
One of the brightest spots in the history of the term, which has just closed, was the setting of a new record for scholarship in Caddo High by two of our advanced students. Lucille Grassham and Pocahontas Ellis, junior and senior respectively, scored grades slightly above anything on the records when they made general averages of 98 percent for the entire term’s work. Other students who scored excellent grades that ran well over the 90 percent mark for all subjects carried were: Luda Mae Ware, Fred Thompson, LaRuth Cassidy, Dow McCalman, Oscar Henninger, J. C. Davison, Thomas Ray Coffey, Lucille Coffey, Mildred Guthrie, Mary Bet Moore, and Grady Sargent.
The grammar grades also finished up a semester of hard work and have started out with renewed strength and the prospects are that they will have the biggest year on record. Pupils who are on the honor roll in the grades will be given in the near future. Good school work always receives its just reward and is well worth digging for. Two or three hours of study every night and industry during study periods at school will produce wonderful results and improve any grade or high school pupil and is quite necessary for success and good scholarship.
The Caddo Herald
December 6, 1929
Dear Santa Claus:
I am a good girl in the second grade at school, have not got a whipping. I want a table and chairs, if you have them. Mother wants a new car and my Daddy wants a Lintoype, but I’m glad it don’t hurt to want. And please don’t forget the other boys and girls. Your little friend, Nina Fay Crossett.
Please send me a pair of skates, doll, doll buggy, a good story book, a pair of rubber boots, wrist watch, a gold ring, a pair of warm gloves, a croquet set, a pair of No. 1 shoes and silk stockings. I am 10 years old. Mary Lee Hickenbottom
How are you? Fine, I hope. I am just fine now. I want a big doll and doll buggy, a pair of skates, some dishes, a doll bed, a little story book, some candy, some pictures, and a ring. Your friend, Erolyn Claborn.
I want you to send me a doll and doll buggy and a little truck for my little brother too little to write, and I want lots of candy, oranges and apples. I will be glad when Christmas comes. I hope I get what I want. Maxine Grewell
How are you now? I am feeling fine. I read in the paper that you had dolls of every kind. I saw that you had dolls that could walk alone. Santa, you will know if I have been good, won’t you? I don’t want much this Christmas, but bring my dog a nickel’s worth of meat and I will put up a stocking for him. I want some silk stockings, a Parcheesi game and two doll dresses. Maxine Gross
I want a drum, airplane, football. Ralph Evans
How are you? Fine I hope. I have been a good boy. I want a football, air gun and some acorns. Your friend, Thomas Henry Dorsey.
I want a Bylo* doll, a doll buggy, a story book and a set of dishes. Nell Hogan
I want you to bring me a wagon, sky rockets, electric train, a football, basketball, and a bag of fruit. Bill Semple
I want a set of dishes and a Bylo doll, also a doll buggy and banjo. Esther Schaffer
I want a big doll, doll buggy, and a pair of skates. I have a picture of you. Lots of love. Your friend, Juanita McClaskey
I want a new pair of shoes, a farm set, a tractor, a plow, a set of tools, a watch that will run, a book satchel, a football, a sweater, a coaster wagon, an airplane and a bebe gun. J. C. Campbell
I want a little car, a train, a fire truck, a tractor, wagon, an Uncle Wiggly** game, an airplane and air gun and candy. Milton Campbell
I thank you very much for the nice presents you gave me last Christmas. I would like an air gun, a story book, a dancing monkey, fireworks, fruits, nuts, and candy. Edward Propps
I want you please to bring me a Bylo baby doll with a bottle, a doll buggy, and a pair of skates. Mildred Jean McCreary
I want a beautiful doll that will sleep and say mother, blanket, some candy, apples, and an orange. Veda Mae Ellis
I’m fifteen months of age. I’d like a drum, ABC blocks, some firecrackers, and hammer and nails. LeRoy Downing
I am Mozelle Harris. I want a cradle, please, a doll and some apples and candy.
I want a buggy, a doll, a cradle, apples, and candy. Willie Mae Jones, age 8
I want a pair of skates, a football and a dollar. Harold Geter
I want a pair of skates, a big doll, buggy and cradle. I am 8 years old. Lucille Gilcrease
I want a pair of skates, a doll, a scooter, some candy and a dress. Francis Blakney
I am a little girl 7 years old. I want a doll, a buggy, a cradle and some candy. Margie Sue Powell
I want a little red wagon and lots of nuts and fruit. Don’t forget the rest of my friends. Ray Lindsey
I want a doll, a basket, some dishes and lots of fruit and nuts. Kathleen Rice
I want a pair of skates, a buggy, a truck and a wagon. Lucille Adair
*The Bye-Lo baby was designed by Grace Storey Putnam. In the year 1923, Grace was inspired to create a doll that resembled a baby at three-days old. Graces bye lo babies are very life-like and although they are no longer being produced today they are still collector’s items.
**Howard R. Garis created the character "Uncle Wiggily Longears" for a children's book in 1910. The game based on the children's story was first introduced by the Milton Bradley Company in 1916. Milton Bradley modified the game in 1923, 1949, and 1955.
The Caddo Herald
June 13, 1947
Joe Szenasi Becomes an American Citizen
Joe Szenasi 61-year-old Caddo farmer, who came to America at the age of two years from Hungary and lived in Bryan County 56 years, became a full-fledged America citizen Wednesday.
Appearing in district court to complete his naturalization that he started five years ago, Szenasi passed with flying colors an examination on Americanism given him by Judge Sullivan as his final test of citizenship, and final naturalization papers were given him after he had taken the oath of allegiance.
“America has the best form of government on earth,” Szenasi said in answer to the question as to whether he would support and defend his adopted country.
Szenasi is a prominent farmer living east of Caddo; he has won cotton “first bale” prizes several times; has raised six children who attended Caddo schools and are like average American laddies and lassies, being successful in all their endeavors.
The Caddo Herald
August 12, 1938
Two Big Individuals Came to Caddo the Selfsame Day
On a day in April 1905 two great men came to Caddo, one tarried but two minutes, the other is still here- very still.
All the old timers remember vividly the stop of the great Teddy Roosevelt while he was President, on his way to Dallas and western Oklahoma. The Rough Riders gave the President a rousing 21-gun salute, and Teddy made a speech of just two minutes, and then his train pulled out. The burden of Roosevelt’s talk was that it was the average man who was responsible for the greatness of America and its wonderful institutions. Not the high, not the low- just the average man- is the backbone of any civilization.
Jim Moore came to Caddo a few hours earlier than Teddy; but he stayed and is here yet. Moore entered the hardware and implement business for a long time he enjoyed much of the prosperity that was ours in those days gone by.
Moore managed a gin for a year or two; later established the Mebane gin, then a warehouse, bought cotton, and was a generally useful citizen. Jim Moore was raised near Bonham, taught school in his earlier manhood, reformed and went mercantiling.
Jim Moore is a likeable man with always a smile even when clouds are darkest. You can get that grin of his working any day of the week. Jim Moore helped many men to make crops, gave credit, he was not always too insistent on being paid. When he could not collect he just grinned.
Jim Moore was a member of the council. He served a term on the school board and of town, as county treasurer, but he did not move from Caddo. He was one of those treasurers you read about who used their head. He had no law for it, but the let some folks pay their taxes by the month- anything to be accommodating.
Jim Moore is some story teller, but no speechmaker. He takes quite an interest in the politics of the day, and when asked he is quite candid in expressing his opinion.
One place Jim had that was not so hot- he was administrator for CWA when it got started in 1934, and Jim did quite well with it until he got all tangled with red tape. Jim did not do anything wrong; he just could not please a lot of supervisors who kept guessing and change their minds. But Jimmy got the job done like nobody’s business- and he’d a got more done if they had kept him out of the tape.
Jim Moore always a very progressive citizen, helped the town get every public utility – it has lights, gravel streets, sewers, schools, sidewalks, and waterworks.
Mr. and Mrs. Moore have two daughters, Edith and Mary Beth, one son, Sam, and one grandson.
The Caddo Herald
December 12, 1947
Letters to Santa
For Christmas I want a set of dishes, a table and chairs, a rubber doll, and a little stove and a pair of shoes and doll bed. Winnie Braudrick
For my mother a ball of thread, my father a pack of cigarettes; my little brother wants a doll and train. I want a football and two boxes of gum. Pat Johnson
I want a doll and set of dishes, a pair of skates for me and my big sister and little brother and please bring my little brother a toy dog and please bring my brother a beebee gun. Wanda Ann Willis
I want a set of dishes, a doll for my little sister. I want a doll buggy for me. My little brother wants a gun and scabbard. Sue Carey
I want a set of dishes and sack of candy. Georgia F. Parker
How are you? Fine I hope. I want a wagon for Christmas. Stanley
I love you. I want a bicycle, a bunch of firecrackers, fruit, candy, and nuts. Am in third grade. Robbie Dell McGrew
I want a gun and fruits, a foot ball, bat and ball. Buddy Childers
I want some skates, fruit, nuts, a set of dishes, purse, and mittens. Royce Ann
Will you bring me a bebe gun, cap gun, wagon, bow and arrows, football, and bat, ball, pair cowboy boots, and bicycle. Ronald Wayne Green
I want a doll and a bicycle and dishes and my little brother, he wants a ball and bebe gun and a bicycle. Glenna
I want a nurse kit, a doll, pair of skates, basketball, bicycle. My little sister Laverne wants a doll, rocky horse, teddy bear, tractor. Evalene Hall
I want a bebe gun, a basketball, and cars and gun, firecrackers. Howard Dunn
I want a bebe gun and big box of shot and firecrackers. Junior Myers
I want a nruse kit, a purse, set of dishes and mittens. My little sister wants a doll, a train, and a purse. Cleta
I want a sack of candy, a bebe gun, a football. Don’t forget my mother and father. Sherman Kelly
I want a doll, bicycle, a set of dishes, a pair of skates, telephone, doll buggy, and nurse set. Molly McGee
Will you please bring me a cap gun, a wagon, a pop gun, a football, and my little brother a pair of cowboy boots, bat and doctor set. Robert Glendinning
Will you please bring me a bicycle. Carol Sargent
I want firecrackers, bebe gun, shots, a bat and ball, nuts, etc. Jerry Dean Patterson
I want so many things: a ball, bat, and bebe gun, candy. Jerry Harris
How are you? Fine I hope. I want a doll, doll buggy, a bicycle, set of dishes, nuts, fruits; bring my mother something nice. Betty Ann Choate
I want a scooter, cap pistol, toy train and football. In third grade, Tommy Dan Choate
I want a doll and dishes for my Christmas. Patsy Gordon
I want a doll, ring, candy, set of dishes, bicycle. My little sister wants a doll, tricycle, candy. Don’t forget my little brother. Wanda Morrison
I want a doll, buggy, and some dishes. Velda Jean Gordon
I want a bebe gun, shots, ball and bat, and football. Ralph Wayne Adair
I love you. I want me a bebe gun, football, and please do not forget my brothers Willis and James. Bring us fruits and candy. Robert Lee Jackson
I want a bebe gun, magic book, knife, telephone, football and a basketball and I believe I want a scooter too. Jimmy Haskell Ware
I am seven years old, have been a good boy this year, so please bring me a gun and holster, baseball and bat, and lots of fruit, candy and nuts. Be sure to remember my brothers, Robert, James. William Jackson
I would like to have a bicycle, a ball, and candy and nuts. I sure do love you. Your little friend, Jimmy Dan Jeffreys
I want a wagon, football, toy service station, bow and arrows and a little car. Harold
I am a little girl in the first grade. I would like a bicycle, doll and set of dishes, fireworks, nuts, candy, fruits. I love you. Rhoda Joy Richardson
I love you. Please bring me a bicycle. Judy
I love you. I am a little boy in the first grade. Will you please bring me a scooter, fireworks, fire truck and a bill fold with $10.00 in it, a football, boat and candy, nuts and fruits. Gary Loy Richardson
I love you. I want a doll with hair, that cries and goes to sleep, a purse and some hair pins, nuts, fruits, and candy. Be sure to remember my brother and sister and my brother in the army. Edna Jo Myers
The Caddo Herald
December 19, 1947
Letters to Santa Claus
Please bring me a real horse. Benny Jack Gordon.
Please bring me a gun and a scabbard. Lonso Butler
Please bring me a doll, skates, doll bedroom suite, piano, and a dresser. Bessie Fay Lorrance
Please bring me a Betsy Wetsy doll, nuts, fruits, and candy. Letha Fay Brown
Please bring me a wagon, gun, and scabbard, also candy. Tommy Margaleis
Please bring me a double box of crayons, a Betsy Wetsy doll, and nuts, fruits, candy. Love, Freda Lynn
Please bring me a car, cap gun, nuts, fruit, and candy and a cowboy suit. Tommy Ray Hutchens
Please bring me a bebe gun, and firecrackers too. Carrill Braudrick
Please bring me a doll, a doll bedroom suite, and a set of little dishes, nuts, fruits, candy. Velma June Moran
Please bring me a piano and a dresser set, double box of crayons, firecrackers, fruits, candy, and nuts. Charlotte Braudrick
Please bring me a Betsy Wetsy doll and roller skates. Mary Frances Alexander
Please bring me a ball, gloves. Daisy is my sister. Bring her the nicest thing you have. David Roy
Please bring me a bebe gun. Leonard Thornton
Please sir, bring me a Betsy Wetsy doll, nuts, fruit, candy. Sarah Ann Woods
Please bring me a gun, scabbard, train, firecrackers, candy, nuts, fruit. Love, Frank Ray Armstrong
Please bring me a doll, a doll buggy, and gloves. Mary Nell Morgan
Please bring me a gun, a scabbard, wagon, ball, firecrackers. Ray Ammons
Please bring me a doll, a doll bed, and buggy, and skates. Bessie Roena Winnie
I want a Betsy Wetsy doll, doll buggy and wagon, a telephone and a piano, dresser set. Anita Dale Key
Please bring me roller skates. I think my momma is pretty. Larry Guy Young
Please bring me a wagon and a bebe gun and shots for it. Johnnie McGee
Please bring me a train. Odis Smitheart
I want a train, candy, firecrackers and fruits. Love, Clifford Ray Joines
Please bring me a doll and doll buggy and a set of dishes. Zelda Smith
I would like a doll, buggy, bed, and dishes please, Santa. Nadine Childers
You know I’d like to have a doll, wagon, candy, fruits, nuts. Joyce Ann Lindsey
Please bring me a wagon. Roy Clement
Please bring me a bebe gun. Billy Russell
Please bring me a gun and a scabbard. John Wisdom
Please bring me a bebe gun. Jack Sawyers
Wouldn’t it be nice Santa if I could have a bebe gun and roller skates? Ronnie Sullivan
The Caddo Herald
December 26, 1947
WSCS Observes Harvest Day with a Dinner
The Woman’s’ Society of Christian Service of the Methodist Church observed Harvest Day with a six o’clock dinner Tuesday evening in the home of Mrs. J. C. Hogan, Mrs. G. A. Crossett, Mrs. H. F. Bass, Mrs. Fred Washington, Mrs. J. J. Gecks, Mrs. Rob Barber, and Mrs. R. L. Pace co-hostesses.
Guests were greeted at the entrance by Mrs. Hogan, who invited them into the living room. Each guest deposited gifts for the Methodist home for children.
Guests then entered the dining room. The table was centered with two large white decorated candles clustered with holly and berries. On the sideboard was a scene of the Wise Men and in the hall was a small Christmas tree.
After dinner Mrs. G. A. Crossett presided at a short business session. Mrs. T. B. Killingsworth led the program. Christmas carols were sung, Mrs. Bass at piano. Mrs. Killingsworth read the story of the birth of Christ.
Jan Hardy was given a membership by her aunt, Mrs. Luther Wood and Mrs. N. B. Sawyer and Mrs. M. Burrage were admitted as new members. Mrs. Hugh Huddleston dismissed with prayer. More than fifty members and guests were present.